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About the Vermont Leadership Series 2012

This year's Training Series will be held at the beautiful Mt. Ascutney Resort, where you will stay for two weekends (Nov. 16-18 and Jan. 25-27, 2012), meet other people who want to make a difference, and learn real skills to be a more effective advocate and leader. The weekends include your lodging and meals, as well as a valuable training with several great presenters.

Here are just a few things you will learn:

  • How to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.
  • How to interview a policymaker to find out what his or her positions are on issues you care about.
  • How to say what is important to you in a way that a policymaker can understand it – and act on your request.
  • How to use Social Media to share your message and get your friends and family involved in issues that you care about.
  • And what your personal Super Power is and how you can use it to make a difference!

In order to participate, you must commit to the following:

  • Attend BOTH weekends, for the whole weekend.
  • Complete a homework assignment between the weekends.

All activities are accessible and we will have support available.

Who should apply?

It is for people with developmental disabilities and families. We are looking for people who:

  • feel comfortable speaking up
  • are willing to listen
  • are eager to make a difference
  • committed to completing a leadership project

You do not need to know how to read or write to participate.

What is a developmental disability?

It is a disability that begins before age 22 that affects three or more activities of daily life such as self-care, communication, movement, learning, self-direction, independent living, and employment.

How are participants selected?

A committee including people with disabilities and family members will review applications. After contacting references, they will select participants. We want people with different backgrounds and ages, from all over Vermont.

We are looking for motivated people who have the time and energy to push for change in Vermont. Use the application to tell us about yourself and how you speak up for yourself and others. The leadership retreat will teach you how to get better results.

Participants can expect:
  • To learn more about yourself and ways to focus your energies.
  • To connect with other leaders fighting for self-determination, equal rights and full inclusion in schools and communities.
  • To discover ways to make change happen.
  • To learn and practice leadership skills that get good results.
  • To be challenged and fired up!

What we expect from you:
  • Be there the whole time and stay overnight.
  • Be a full and active participant in all learning experiences.
  • Work together with others to complete activities.
  • Do a personal leadership project outside of the training.
  • Be there for both weekends.
  • We will give you support to complete evaluations.
  • To work hard and have fun!
  • Make a contribution to the cost of the Series.

What does it cost?

The real cost is $1,500 (lodging, meals, speakers, learning materials, etc.) You are asked to pay $100.00. But no one will be turned away. Please see the application for details. If you do not have money we can figure out other ways you can contribute.

The Series is made possible by the contributions of VTDDC, UVM-CDCI, and Green Mountaion Self-Advocates, including scholarship funding of expenses by VTDDC.

How do I apply?

Go to this page for application information.

What is the deadline for applications?

Your application must be received by Monday, October 22nd, 2012.


  • If you have questions
  • Want more information
  • Or need applications in alternative formats...
Call VT Developmental Disabilities Council at 802-828-1310, or Toll Free 888-317-2006.
Or e-mail

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